Romney wins Nevada, POTUS loses Catholics…
This week kicked off a sharing of the news cycle with respect to the Republican Nominating process. In what has been an overly scrutinized microscopic analysis of the subtext of events, has been forced to yield to an overview of the macroscopic analysis of events. Simply stated, we’re forced to choose between what we really care about and the soap opera subtext.
Romney wins in Nevada. Which in itself, is not exactly a news shattering triumph given the fact he was expected to do so. News items worthy of note, caucus voter turnout were significantly lower than his 2008 similar accomplishment. The Mormon contingent of Nevada voters was highly publicized for this victory but in fact he won a diverse spectrum of Republican caucus goers.
The interesting subtext is best defined with the Romney camp being in talks with the Billionaire solo Gingrich backer Shelly Adelson. The word on the Politico street is the Casino magnate, with whom has an amicable history with Romney, is not opposed to backing Romney if and when the Gingrich run ends its course.
Worthy of note is the criticism of the media by the Nevada Republican Caucus. It is under fire by following the lead of the established Iowa Caucus’ lack of disclosure toward a final resolution of the event. Although Romney won big, the precincts were far behind in reporting the specifics of the results. This is particularly interesting given the fact the Red States are focused on Voter integrity.
The news story going forward may very well be the Obama Administration stance with respect to the Catholic Church’s position regarding the legal funding of birth control services. This issue has the potential of a large portion of independent voters to either fail to support the president’s re-election or simply offer the impetus for not showing up at the polls for Election Day.
The focus now shifts to three states. On February 7th, Colorado and Minnesota hold their Caucus and Missouri holds a Primary. Worthy of note, Newt Gingrich is not on the Missouri ballot. The State of Maine began their Caucus event on the 4th and culminates on the 11th.
Nevada Caucus Results
Mitt Romney – 16,486, 50.1%,... Nevada (14) Updated total... 82
Newt Gingrich – 6,956, 21.1 %... Nevada (6) Updated total..... 32
Ron Paul – 6,175, 18.8% ... Nevada (5) Updated total.......16
Rick Santorum – 3,277, 10% Nevada (3) Updtaed total..... 12
Turnout was was 25% lower than previous particiation in 2008. Less than 33,00 people voted compared with 44,000 Nevadans participating in 2008.